Archive for stress

No plans to change Leaving, despite ERSI study linking exam to stress

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Tánaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan said today that there are no plans to overhaul the Leaving Certificate system, despite calls from various interest and pressure groups to have the examination overhauled and re-examined …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 17 August]


Evolution of exam into national selection process

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“What have we learnt since a major ESRI report in 1996 revealed intolerable levels of stress among our Leaving Cert students, especially girls? Not a lot, it seems. The main change is that good grades have become easier to get as teachers and students learn how to play the exam game …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 16 August]

Students’ health at risk from points race

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“The points race has turned the Leaving Certificate year into a nightmare for students. Thousands of sixth-year pupils are suffering high levels of stress and many lose sleep worrying about the exam and their chances of getting into college …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

Stressed staff can’t get no satisfaction

Posted in Life with tags on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“People working in higher education are ‘dissatisfied with their jobs and careers’ and are ‘stressed at work’, according to new research. Academics from The Open University, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Bedfordshire quizzed more than 2,500 people from four universities for the paper, ‘The work-related quality of life scale for higher education employees’, published by the journal Quality in Higher Education …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 13 May]

Study: Students More Stressed Now than during Depression?

Posted in Life with tags , on 13 January 2010 by Steve

“A new study has found that five times as many high school and college students are dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues as youth of the same age who were studied in the Great Depression era …” (more)

[University Business, 13 January]

Undergraduates: heaven knows they’re miserable now

Posted in Life with tags , on 12 January 2010 by Steve

“For first-year undergraduates, it seems, even being back in the bosom of their family for Christmas doesn’t offer blessed relief from the stresses and strains of being a student in the 21st century. A three-year longitudinal study being carried out at Leicester University into the way students experience their time in higher education has shown that post-Christmas blues hit hard when people land back at university for the start of their second term …” (more)

[Louise Tickle, Guardian, 12 January]

Cumbria university staff to be asked why they are stressed

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 February 2009 by Steve

“Stressed staff at the University of Cumbria are to be asked why they feel so under pressure. A survey that revealed stress levels at the Brampton Road campus in Carlisle and in the faculty of the arts were sometimes higher than elsewhere. Now university chiefs plan to investigate what concerns staff have and how they can be addressed. Faculty dean Charles Mitchell has asked for volunteers to set up a working group to explore the reasons why people felt stressed. He hopes to get a cross-section from those working in administrative, enterprise, teaching and technical departments …” (more)

[Bullying of Academics in Higher Education, 4 February]

HR report on staff stress dismissed as ‘valueless’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 January 2009 by Steve

“When a report on staff stress levels by human-resource managers warns of a plethora of problems including ‘friction and anger’ between colleagues, managers might be expected to take the ‘urgent action’ called for. But when the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds was confronted with such findings, its director responded by circulating a critique of the report, warning that it would be ‘extremely dangerous’ to act on them. The study, carried out last year by the university under Health and Safety Executive guidelines, raised concerns about staff workloads, said support from managers had to improve and reported ‘unachievable deadlines and unrealistic time pressures’. Gary Rawnsley, the institute’s director, responded by attaching a damning analysis of the report when he circulated it to staff …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, THE, 15 January]

HSE report following investigation on work related stress and bullying in Leeds Metropolitan University

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 25 August 2008 by Steve

“The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) released a report dated 28 July 2008, on the high levels of work-related stress at Leeds Metropolitan University …” (more)

[Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Bullying of Academics in Higher Education Blog, 15 August]

Young academics striving to fit in reveal high anxiety

Posted in Life with tags , on 24 August 2008 by Steve

Study highlights the trials of junior lecturers feeling the pressure to perform. The pressure to publish, chasing research grants, fears over job security and concerns about “fitting in” – the trials and tribulations of being a young academic are laid bare in a new research paper.” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 7 August]